Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling at Home program repurposes your old phone

Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling at Home program repurposes your old phone

If you own an old Samsung device that’s collecting dust on your shelf, you finally have a reason to power it back up. At the company’s CES 2021 event on Monday, Samsung announced a Galaxy Upcycling at Home program that will turn old smartphones into IoT solutions.

The Galaxy Upcycling at Home program will offer consumers the option to repurpose their old phones into things like a baby listening monitor or security device with Samsung Knox. You could put an old Samsung phone in a nursery and it can listen for a crying baby, for example, and send you notifications. Samsung also teased the system could potentially be used as a pet care tool.

“The new program reimagines the lifecycle of an older Galaxy phone and offers consumers options on how they might be able to repurpose their device to create a variety of convenient IoT tools,” Samsung said.

Samsung said it’s planning to release a software update to older devices, although it’s unclear which devices will be on the list. It’s also unclear which versions of Android Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling at Home program will support. Unfortunately, Samsung didn’t share an ETA for when Galaxy Upcycling at Home will launch.

With e-waste becoming a major problem thanks to the rise in smartphone popularity, Samsung’s program is a really clever way to extend the life of older devices.

Samsung originally announced its Galaxy Upcycling program in 2017 in an effort to promote sustainability by repurposing older devices for new uses. In the video above, Samsung explains that some of its older phones were previously reimagined into portable eye exam devices. It’s an innovative way to lessen the impact of waste and promote recycling and repurposing.

Once Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling at Home program is released, we’ll be sure to let you know.

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Brandon's love of technology can be traced back to his childhood, when he would obsessively watch Back to the Future. Since then he's followed the industry and its many innovations, from handheld consoles to powerful smartphones. He's still waiting on a hoverboard.